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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis marked the close of the state’s legislative session by hailing the achievements of lawmakers who have made major inroads to protecting the rights of parents against leftist bureaucrats and radical activists masquerading as educators.
On Monday, DeSantis joined legislative leaders where he praised the progress made during the two-month session including protecting young children from sexual indoctrination in classrooms under the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill, the shoring up of election integrity, increasing immigration enforcement, and soundly rejecting the ‘defund the police’ fervor that has transformed states and cites under Democrat control into crime-ridden hellholes.
DeSantis made it clear that the Sunshine State is a “law and order state” and also touted the accomplishments of the GOP-dominated governing body by declaring that it was the “year of the parent” in Florida.
GOV. DESANTIS: "This was the year of the parent in the state of Florida." pic.twitter.com/F1FjMsf8Rt
— RonDeSantis2024 (@DeSantisFandom) March 14, 2022
“I think if you look at what has been done both in terms of funding and in policy, this really was the year of the parent in the state of Florida,” DeSantis said to a round of applause.
“Through the legislature’s actions, Florida has maintained its commitment to accountability and high standards but did it in a way that recognizes this one test. The FSA is not the best way to do it so we’ve replaced that with progress monitoring that’ll be more friendly for teachers, for students. It’ll give more feedback for parents and it’ll mean a lot less time having to take tests in school, so that is a huge win for parents,” he said.
DeSantis capped off the landmark period of positive change on Tuesday by signing a bill to replace the standardized tests in schools, junking the Florida Statewide Assessment in favor of a progress monitoring approach that will allow for teachers to “spend more time teaching, not testing & parents will be kept up to date with their child’s progress,” the immensely popular Republican tweeted.
By replacing the FSA with progress monitoring, teachers will spend more time teaching, not testing & parents will be kept up to date with their child’s progress. This will enable better feedback while ensuring appropriate accountability.
Florida is leading the way in education. pic.twitter.com/hONZCC8Ypo
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) March 15, 2022
According to a press release posted to the governor’s official website, DeSantis said, “While much of the country has struggled to even open schools, Florida’s education leaders are continuing to push ahead and better help students, parents and teachers to close achievement gaps.”
“In three years, we have eliminated Common Core, invested approximately $2 billion to increase teacher pay, focused on literacy and created civic standards that empower our students to become great citizens. By signing this bill, we are setting an example for the nation,” he added.
In a typical grandstanding move, Democrat Nikki Fried, the former weed lobbyist and sitting Florida Agriculture Commissioner who aspires to replace DeSantis in the governor’s mansion next year, released a speech to her supporters which included the adoring media as well as her own impressive collection of 273.2K Twitter followers, over a quarter of a million more than that of President Joe Biden.
The 2022 Florida Legislative Session did so much harm, but I promise you, I will never stop fighting for you. And next year will be so much better. pic.twitter.com/3Zw9laMkBC
— Nikki Fried (@NikkiFried) March 15, 2022
Fried, who was criticized when she likened DeSantis to the murderous Nazi fiend Adolf Hitler last year is battling fellow Democrats Annette Taddeo, a Florida state senator from the Miami area, and Rep. Charlie Crist, who was Florida’s Republican governor from 2007-2011 before jumping parties during the Obama years for the dubious honor of being shellacked by DeSantis in the November election.
Other Florida Democrats also took shots at DeSantis including Florida state Senator Shevrin Jones, who is black and gay.
“The racist undertone of many of these policies is what many of us are talking about,” said Jones, according to the Miami Herald. “All for the sake of getting a vote you march on the heads of Black people, you march on the heads of the LGBTQ community, or you continue to railroad the rights of women for politics? It’s small-mindedness at best.”
DeSantis has struck fear into the hearts of Democrats who fully understand that he would be a formidable challenger to President Joe Biden or whoever emerges as the party’s nominee in 2024 if former President Donald J. Trump chooses not to run again.
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